Let’s face it, we live in a world where being first is everything, whether it’s the Olympics or something far less significant. (Who hasn’t been irritated by those inane posters, whose only comment is “First!!111!!”?) Now that sentiment has passed on to the iPhone App Store.
An article by Macenstein.com notes that certain iPhone app developers have purposely added “a space, a quotation mark, or some other symbol so that they appear first in the list of 197 games on the iPhone portal to the App Store.”
One company in particular, Jirbo, Inc., has added a space before each of their game’s titles in order to jump to the head of the line. This action has provoked the ire of fellow developers who apparently hadn’t thought of the ruse or perhaps are just too honest to fall to such a level.
A quick check of the App Store shows that Apple may have taken notice of Jirbo, Inc's ruse and has fixed the line jumping situation.
As someone who has gone through life with a last name in the final four letters of the alphabet, I say take matters in your own hands – when scrolling through fun apps for that new iPhone, start with the end of the list first!
Some owners of the new iPhone are upset over Apple's choice of color temperature for the iPhone 3G. The OG iPhone has a cool blueish tint, while the iPhone 3G has a warmer yellowish tint.
Apple's Bob Borchers, aka iPhone Guy, told MacWorld that the new warmer color is intentional and is meant to make the display "more natural" than the blue OG iPhone screen.
AppleInsider reports that a "hidden" iPhone firmware "fixes" the yellow tint issue. Instead of clicking "Check for Update," users should click on "Restore" within iTunes. The restore method updates the iPhone from build number 5A345 to 5A347.
Out tests actually showed the opposite to be true. Two iPhones with build 5A345 appeared bluer than the iPhone with build 5A347.
The yellowing of the iPhone at this juncture is a point of personal preference. Robbie and Leslie actually prefer the slightly yellower hue, Ray is indifferent to the color change, while Susie prefers old blue iPhone.
How do you feel about the color temperature switch? Drop your comment below.
For iPhone lovers with a hatred for AT&T, or who are stuck in a long term commitment with another carrier, iPhone Software 2.0 is a mixed blessing.
While the App Store and Exchange support brings joy to many of the iPhone faithful, folks with unlocked or Pwnd iPhones have to sit on the sidelines waiting and watching.
Well, the wait may soon be over, the iPhone Dev Team has posted a video of their Pwnage Tool 2.0 working its magic on iPhone Software 2.0. Right now, the tool will only work with OG iPhones. Sorry iPhone 3G users.
With its formal activation yesterday, MobileMe customers are still having some problems accessing the service. The problems began when the downtime for the transition between .Mac to MobileMe, ending at 2AM Thursday. Access for many customers however, is still not fully functional.
Apple acknowledged the problems by posting a status update, it said:
“Transition is underway,” it is “taking longer than expected.” Although some features are said to be working like:
The transition from .Mac to the new MobileMe service was initially set to take place on Wednesday, July 9 between 6 p.m. and Midnight, then it got pushed back a little further. Apple stated that the move would be complete by 2 a.m. Thursday morning. But many subscribers still could not access either .Mac or me.com all day Thursday. Frustrated is a mild term that can be used to describe denied .Mac users.
After a full day of being re-directed to the Apple.com/MobileMe page, members can now log-in to MobileMe to check email, iCal, and such. The site is slow and some features remain elusive. Apple has posted a statement on its support page addressing this: Some MobileMe members may be unable to access groups.mac.com. Service will be restored ASAP. We apologize for any inconvenience.
MobileMe members cannot access the HomePage application. Service will be restored ASAP. We apologize for any inconvenience.
After a long night on the streets of San Francisco, those waiting in line for their iPhone 3G’s at the San Francisco Apple Store on Stockton Street had to wait just a little bit longer than expected.
The first activation didn’t take place until 8:32 a.m. causing some anxiety among the excited iPhone aficionados in the queue. Apple Store staff took the opportunity to remind those in line of the plethora of accessories they could consider for their new device while they wait. (As if the long night on the sidewalk wasn’t enough time for that already.)
According to an AP report, a spokesman for AT&T Inc. admitted that the 30 minute delay in iPhone activations in New York was caused by “a global problem with Apple Inc.’s iTunes software that prevented the phones from being fully activated in-store as had been planned.” New Yorkers were being sent home with their new iPhone and told to make the last step in the activation process from home.
The three-hour time zone difference doesn’t seem to have helped those waiting in line in San Francisco. In-line reports have told of customers walking out with iPhones that have not been activated. Apple Store employees are still trying to work on the issues with AT&T and despite the initial delay, the line is now moving.
Because so many people are installing iPhone 2.0 software, patience is the order of the day. If you happen to unplug your phone after the installation, but before it can talk to the iTunes store, you may find the phone is in an emergency calls only mode, where none of its software (including the Address Book) is available. A thread at Apple Support Discussions has a number of comments posted by users in a panic over their phones. Some of them report that they have waited hours for their phone to be usable again; others report that they are still waiting. Patience is a virtue.
The first people to wait for an iPhone 3G at Apple’s Fifth Avenue store came as a group—which may have staved off loneliness. Twenty-four hours before the first unboxing, fewer than ten people were lined up. Compared to the queue in 2007, where almost forty people were waiting, the 2008 line was sparse.
But those numbers quickly swelled around midnight. By 7 am, over two hundred people appeared. By 7:30, the queue stretched across Fifth Avenue, down 58th St., across Madison Avenue, and partway up 59th St. Eyeball estimation: 400 people.
Even though they were stuck on a snaking line, hundreds of people deep, every one of them looked happy to be there.